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‘Once Upon a Time’ season 3 episodes that kept us on the edge

Okay, season 3 is, hands down, my favorite season of the series. The Neverland and Wicked Witch arcs were so cleverly done, and they both kept me on the edge of my seat. Talk about plot twists and angst that season. Also, Captain Swan in season 3 was just all kinds of glorious and angsty, which I didn’t mind one bit. Somehow, I managed to narrow down my five favorite episodes of this season because I couldn’t pick all of them — that would be a loooong article.

3×12 “New York City Serenade”


While this episode made me want to ugly cry and simultaneously want to throw my TV out the window, it is one of my favorites in the WHOLE series. It was witty; it was heart-breaking; and it was only the beginning of Captain Swan, for realz this time. Let’s just forget that Walsh every happened because that makes me want to vomit. Anyway, I liked the dynamics of Emma and Henry, just being nonmagical people living in the Big City. However, what I liked even more was Hook coming back to save Emma and seeing their interactions with each other after a year away. Insert ugly cries here; Hook would go to the ends of the earth for Emma! Overall, this episode was beautifully crafted and written, with enough plotlines to keep you wanting more and cheering on Hook and Emma.

3×20 “Kansas”


If you blink, you might miss this episode. As I was doing my rewatch this past spring, I was struck by how much I loved this episode. I mean, the things Hook said to Emma made my heart melt, but at the same time, the things Emma said in reference to Hook made my heart sink. She was denying her feelings for him so hard, but we all knew the truth. It was also this episode that we all knew Charming was a total Captain Swan fanboy, sending Hook with Emma to defeat Zelena before the baby arrives. Although, Emma was none too happy about that because she was salty at Hook. And during that defeating, Hook lands in a heap of trouble. Despite knowing that touching her lips to his would take away his magic, Emma knew that she couldn’t let Hook die. Thus, proving that her feelings for Hook were true; she knew that “kissing” him would unable her to defeat Zelena. Then everything goes to crap because Zelena ends up taking baby Charming, but it’s all cool because Regina ends up defeating Zelena with her light magic.

3×05 “Good Form”


Captain Swan first kiss!!! This episode made me fangirl so much, as we see Emma giving in to her attraction to Hook and kisses him. Let’s also not forget about the fact that Charming and Hook teamed up for the greater good, and then Hook ended up saving Charming’s life. Although, his actions were purely selfish — wanting to do the right thing for Emma. Which, might I add, isn’t all that selfish in the long run because Hook could’ve made up an excuse if Charming had bit the dust. So really, his actions were purely selfless. Additionally, I really enjoyed seeing Hook prior to being a pirate. The backstory of Liam dying really made you feel for Hook and realize why he became the way that he did. The only person he truly loved and cared about died in his arms.

3×21 “Snow Falls”


We took a trip back in time to another realm. This time, however, we got to see present-day Emma and Hook in it. I loved, loved, loved the fact that Hook jumped through the portal after Emma because he wanted to protect her, even if it meant falling into a void. The conversation beforehand though, of Emma telling Hook she was going back to NYC, was all kinds of devastating. The look on Hook’s face broke my heart. I’m telling you, the ship of the freaking universe. It was fun to see Emma trying to adapt to Enchanted Forest life with Hook as her tour guide. Not to mention, we got to see two different Hooks. Never forget the fact that present-day Hook was super jealous of past Hook because he was kissing present day Emma so he punched his own self. Honestly, what a scene. Not only did we get to see Emma hit on past Hook, but we also got to see Emma interact with past bandit Snow.

3×22 “There’s No Place Like Home”


This episode had ALL THE FEELS. After a tiring journey in the Enchanted Forest and brushes with death, attending balls and Rumple, Hook and Emma finally manage to return back to Storybrooke. Of course not after Emma deprives Hook of a dashing rescue. Thus proving how fierce Emma is — she saves herself. Upon arriving home, Emma has decided that Storybrooke is Henry and her home. Yay — crisis averted! We also find out what happened to the Jolly Roger, which has Emma come to a truce about her feelings for Hook, and we get the first real Captain Swan kiss. It was so sweet. Aw. The only problem I had with this episode was what they ended up naming Emma’s baby brother, but I’m not going to get into that. Just focus on the fact Hook traded his ship for Emma. He traded his home for her, despite the fact he didn’t know if she would ever reciprocate his feelings. Boyfriend goals, you guys. Get a guy who trades his freaking ship for you.

Needless to say, I am a fan of season 3. Probably due to the fact that a lot of the plotlines revolved around Emma and Hook, and I was so there for that. What were your favorite episodes from the season? Sign off below or tweet us!

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Madeline Klepec

Madeline is a college student majoring in journalism with a minor in broadcasting. When she isn't writing for Hollywood News Source, Talk Nerdy With Us or her college's paper, she's drinking too much coffee and probably fangirling over Captain Swan. She also likes to watch Hallmark movies and mercilessly rewatches 'Once Upon a Time'.

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